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Posted On: 9/17/2013 10:31AM
WaytoFurious

If you are a fan of battery powered cars, then this concept is for you. It isn't original as it has been used on bikes and even motor bikes. However it is the first time that I have seen a portable battery pack for a car. Essentially the idea is that you can remove the battery pack and take it with you for charging. So what do you think? Good idea or not? I think that the idea is a few years to early for the current battery technology available for cars, as the range is still very limited. Get the full story at Gizmag.



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Posted On: 8/20/2013 10:55AM
GTwildfire

Any body shop guy will tell you what I show in these pictures is sacrilege. I say the car cost $750, so why would I spend $4,000 on painting it?

This article is either for those who want to take a shortcut, and make a weathered and worn bumper skin look better as cheaply as possible... or it's to be scoffed at by those who only will accept body work done properly.

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Posted On: 7/29/2013 1:11PM
WaytoFurious

Many of you may already know that Andy Green holds the world land speed record. However, what is really interesting is that he plans on breaking his own record. The best part is that he will have live cameras on the car so you can join him as he goes for the record. I think this will be great. Unfortunately, it will probably be a short trip, as he plans to hit 1000mph! Get the full story at the SMH.



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Posted On: 7/9/2013 1:21PM
hcostino

MotorTrend's Roadkill web series recently gave a huge high-five to car enthusiasts. The hosts of the show, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, aren't shy about their dislike for the Toyota Prius and let the vehicle show it's toughness. If you're like me, you've imagined a match up like this for a very long time. More »



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Posted On: 6/25/2013 12:01PM
GTwildfire

Caliper paint is an easy way to improve the look of any car that has spoked rims. Most often, I have contrasted the body color with a different color for the calipers, sometimes trying to match some other color on the outside of the vehicle... for instance a gold matching the turn signal lenses.

This time around, I decided to just add more green to the Eclipse by using a complementing shade for the calipers instead. More »



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Posted On: 6/4/2013 10:32AM
WaytoFurious

Let's be honest, battery powered cars still have a long way to go before they become players as a form of transport. In my part of the world, most of our electricity comes from brown coal, so I just smile and nod when people start telling me about the 'green' credentials that these cars have. However I have come across a battery powered project that I think is fantastic. The Minddrive project is aimed at teenagers who are at risk. Their most recent project was the restoration and electrification of this Karmann Ghia. Get the full story at Gizmag



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Posted On: 8/23/2012 10:02AM
LCheung

The Greenwood car show in Seattle is a yearly event that's put together by a local car club and volunteers. Admission is free and all car show entry fee proceeds go to local charities. A mile and a half of the main drag of Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood is closed by the city and filled with all kinds of cars, food vendors, live music, and community service booths. The road is also lined with all the local businesses which include restaurants, cafes, bars, and antiques stores. It really felt more like an all-ages block party than a car show.  When was the last time you’ve gone to a car show that wasn’t just a big gathering of like-minded car nerds? Greenwood is a community car show in the truest sense, with people from all walks of life and a huge variety of interests and backgrounds coming through the neighborhood to check out an ecclectic bunch of cars. Check out my gallery of pics from the event!



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Posted On: 5/18/2012 11:10AM
ecosse_pug

While spending some time with the Honda CR-Z recently I noticed the "game’"you could play where you can grow more leaves on some little trees in the dash if you drive the CR-Z economically. Thing is, that’s pretty boring so I just left it in Sport mode most of the time and had fun.

It got me thinking, though: If the game was more interesting, could this encourage more efficiency-minded driving? As you can see in the video below I came up with the idea of a polar bear on an iceberg. Put your foot down and poor Mr Bear is going for a swim. You know, similar to those pens featuring a girl in a bikini that you turn upside-down. See where I'm going with this? Hit the jump to see my CR-Z video review.

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Posted On: 5/8/2012 1:20PM
SuzyBruisy

If the idea of an electric RAV4 seems familiar, that's probably because it is: Toyota produced a RAV4 EV between 1997 and 2003, and leased them in very small numbers primarily as government fleet vehicles. Only a few hundred of those original RAV4 EV's survive, though there was a pretty substantial waiting list for the vehicles at the time Toyota ceased production. Now all those hopefuls may finally have their chance to get their hands on one, as Toyota unveiled the production version of the second-generation RAV4 EV yesterday at the Electriv Vehicle Symposium in LA. This time around, it boasts a Tesla-designed drivetrain and puts out the equivalent of 154hp, taking it from 0-60 in 7 seconds in its less-efficient "Sport" mode. Toyota claims it'll get a full 100 miles of range and recharge in 6 hours (though it seems that's what they always say). Oh, and it'll cost $50,000. A cute electric SUV is a nice idea and everything, but for actual utility I think I'd put my money on the Ford Transit Connect Electric. More at Carscoop.



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Posted On: 5/2/2012 12:05PM
AUTOedit

The Swedish Viking Speed Records Team led by racing driver Boije Ovebrink set two land speed racing world records at the Historic Wendover Airfield in Utah, (just a few minutes away from the famous Bonneville Salt Flats) on April 27, 2012.

Ovebrink piloted the Volvo Hybrid Semi Truck "Mean Green" to an average speed of 236.577 km/h (147.002 mph) through the Flying Kilometer (2/3 mile) and ran 153.252 km/h (95.245 mph) from a standstill over the same Kilometer. Mean Green features a highly tuned Volvo D16 engine cranking out 1900 horsepower and an electric motor good for 200 horsepower and an amazing 885 lb-ft. of torque to bump the combined power total to nearly 5,000 lb-ft.

The speed record attempts were sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, an extension of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motoring’s international governing body. The new world records are subject to FIA recognition, which will occur in about 30 to 60 days. Hit the jump to see video of the record-breaking runs!

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